Critics Claim Supreme Master Ching Hai's Followers' Restaurants Featuring Tasty Vegan Fare Front For an Exploitive Movement.
By Stephen Lemons Thursday, Jun 2 2011
Interesting article, which seems to be written from the perspective of Veganism, with lots of detail about the food.
Its important, actually, to separate Veganism from Ching Hai, and to not link them. Ching Hai jumped on the Veganism bandwagon only recently, as she SAYS she was only a vegetarian before. (that is unverified, of course).
As shown in these threads, Ching Hai is using Veganism as a mechanism and a fig-leaf, the same as she is using Breatharian fraud.
Of course, Veganism is a legit dietary choice for those who want it. It should not be linked with Ching Hai in any way shape or form.
Many sects use a fig-leaf or cover, as a way to reach out to the public. They use various 'causes' that are acceptable to the public at large, but they are used as a mechanism for recruitment and self-promotion, and thus their own self-aggrandizement.
Other sects use sex, money, yoga, you name it, they use it.
Veganism is being used and misused by Ching Hai.
Sadly, some of those who are into Veganism, are terribly unaware of how cults operate, as the quote in the article saying the NFL is like a cult!. If fact, those in Veganism need to study cults and sects as carefully as they have studied diets and nutrition.
There are quotes from Rick Ross in the article. [www.phoenixnewtimes.com
Its also interesting how Ching Hai followers/working for the Hut are making false statements in that article.
The comments below by Elie Firzli are contradicted by the facts. Ching Hai demands her followers give up and abandon their other beliefs. That is in black and white, and is detailed in this thread. Once you follow Ching Hai, she becomes your one and only, and you are ordered to not look at other material.
And its been shown time and again, that many working in Loving Huts are not being paid, same with the TV station. Of course they can't admit things like that due to local labor laws.
But this is another lesson that senior members of sects, will lie to the media and the public when needed.
"Dr. Elie Firzli, a Phoenix pediatrician. Firzli, a Christian originally from Lebanon, explained that the Association is open to individuals of all faiths and that people do not have to abandon their beliefs to be initiated into the Quan Yin method"
"But when asked about what seems to be a gray line between religious devotion and labor, Dr. Firzli, a sort-of coordinator within the Phoenix chapter, insisted that everyone who "helps out" at the restaurants gets paid."
They will even carefully parse their words by saying 'everyone gets paid', which is a meaningless statement. Paid what? Paid minimum wage? Paid $1? Are they listed as employees?
You know dang well that any followers of Ching Hai are going to work for free, or "donate" their pay back to the mothership.
SGI Soka Gakkai has "volunteers" do almost all their work, they work them to exhaustion.
Every sect knows LABOR is the highest cost of any company, so guess what? Get people to work for free, and its all pure profit.
That is the Ching Hai method.
They also show in the article that the LA Ching Hai assoc brought in 3.7 million in 2009, with no paid employees!!
So that money came from "donations" from the public, and everyone is working without being paid, as has been stated in this thread!
Someone should research how many PAID EMPLOYEES there are in the Ching Hai sect. There appear to be ZERO in LA with millions being made every year.